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Johann Pachelbel

August 1653 - March 1706
born in Nuremberg, Germany, composed during the Baroque period
Johann Pachelbel is unfairly viewed as a one-work composer, that work being the popular Canon in D major, for three violins and continuo. He was an important figure from the Baroque period who is now seen as central in the development of both keyboard music and Protestant church music. Some have summarized his primary contribution as the uniting of Catholic Gregorian chant elements with the Northern German organ style, a style that reflected the influence of the Protestant chorale. A Lutheran, he spent several years in Vienna where he was exposed to music by Frohberger and Frescobaldi, which influenced his work with the chorale-prelude. His music in this genre would in turn influence the compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach, among others. It should be noted that many of Pachelbel's works are difficult to date, thus rendering judgments about his stylistic evolution questionable in many cases. Pachelbel was also a gifted organist and harpsichordist.

Pachelbel was born in August of 1653 and baptized on September 1. He showed musical talent early on and began studies first with Heinrich Schwemmer and later with George Kaspar Wecker, the latter instructing in composition and on organ. Pachelbel received his general education at St. Lorenz high school, and in 1669 he enrolled at the university in Altdorf. Pachelbel did not come from a wealthy family and earned meager sums serving as organist at the Lorenzkirche. He thus could not garner enough money to keep up with the tuition costs at the university and had to leave after about a year.

After a brief period of private study following his departure, Pachelbel traveled to Vienna and obtained an assistant organist post at St. Stephen's Cathedral in 1673. Four years later he took a position as court organist in Eisenach, where Bach would be born in 1685. He would become a close friend of the Bach family and teach both Johann Sebastian and Johann Christoph. Pachelbel left after a year at Eisenach however, and became organist at the Predigerkirche in Erfurt, in 1678.

The composer married Barbara Gabler in 1681, and by 1683 he was a father. In September of that year however, tragedy struck as a plague swept through Erfurt, taking his wife and infant son. Four sets of chorale variations appeared around this time under the title of Musicalische Sterbens-Gedancken (Musical Thoughts of Death). During this period his organ chorales would become his most important works.

In August 1684, Pachelbel married Judith Drommer. One of their seven children would be the composer, organist, and harpsichordist Wilhelm Hieronymus Pachelberg, born 1686. In 1690 Pachelbel took a post as Court organist at Stuttgart and appeared quite satisfied, but left after two years due to an impending invasion by French forces. He served next as municipal organist at Gotha, from the fall of 1692 until April 1695. He returned to Nuremberg around the latter time, eventually to become organist at St. Sebalduskirche (summer, 1695). He would serve for nearly 11 years in this post, producing his most famous vocal scores, as well as his great Magnificat fugues. In 1699 he produced his important collection of six arias, Hexachordum Apollinis, for organ or harpsichord. Pachelbel was buried in Nuremberg on March 9, 1706, and apparently had died on March 3. ~ Robert Cummings, Rovi
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Track List: Johann Pachelbel Keyboard Suites

Title: Suite, For Keyboard In F Major, T. 310
Title: Suite, For Keyboard In D Minor (No. 26), T. 305
Title: Suite, For Keyboard In G Major, T. 314
Title: Suite, For Keyboard In G Minor (No. 33), T. 315
Title: Suite, For Keyboard In G Minor (No. 33b), T. 316 (Attributed)
Title: Suite, For Keyboard In C Major (No. 25), T. 301
Title: Suite, For Keyboard In A Major (No. 36), T. 318
Title: Suite, For Keyboard In E Minor (No. 28), T. 308
Title: Suite, For Keyboard In E Minor (No. 29), T. 309

Comments

Timeless, poetry with a violin. Bravo!
I have this album. The music in it is just wonderful. Pachelbel and Fasch wrote some beautiful music. The Pachebel Canon on this album is the best rendition of this music I have ever heard. If you love great baroque music, buy this album.
niralimurthy
Awesome! I play violin
kaylaquinter o 9 9
I know how to play this on the viola. :>
This piece always brings such fond memories of my mother telling me about her wedding. I will walk down the isle to this, of course!
guyt20
I wike this song
I LOVE this song! I'LL HIRE A BAND AND ORCHESTRA TO PLAY THIS AT MY WEDDING!
Art is a difficult thing, Its your soul that youve chosen to hang out in the wind. For those of you that think this mans work is, as you so intelligentl y put it, crap, try exposing your inner most being and see what others think.
This is the first time that I heard from this person. It is great~~!!
Damn, to feel.
research this and you will find out how he locked himself and after days he told of the story of hearing the songs from algels... not only that but gave all the proceeds for charity. that has special meaning after you read his bio and find out that he was always a poor man, an organist that came from a poor family...
vane_nathan
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the the best day of your life. However if you do not post this comment on at least 3 different songs you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works
SUBLIME

annamazing99
love his canon in d!
I've always loved this piece, but had no clue what it was called. I am so glad that I've finally found it!
I love love love this piece. So relaxing and beautiful
Great song. Very peaceful and uplifting
Great song!
I think of weddings when hear this
bt956
I really enjoy classical music! Very much in harmony!
Makes me cry
always wondered what this was called. wrote it down. great music.
This will be the first so g played at my wedding
They most beautiful song in history first song I learned on cello I still play it any sitar players round here
Wonderful! This is the first song I ever learned how to play on the piano. :) Truly amazing song!
What cr@p! Johann obviously stole the music for the Canon in D from Rob Paravonian.
Nothing more beautiful . I used to play this on violin solo, all the time !
Canon in D....:) love that song
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the the best day of your life. However if you do not post this comment on at least 3 different songs you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works
If you think this music is lame then go away and STOP bothering us musical people who appreciate true musical quality!
Great song!
myrosa05
I'd say that y'all are sum dispersant.
myrosa05
Ssssssssssss s s o o o o o o o o o o lame
sharma_mahes h
Unbelievable sounds. Close your eyes and slip away to a magical place.
af0998
@Vincent You shouldn't base your assumptions on internet comments. I may be wrong, I may be right.
One of the widely acclaimed greatest masterpieces & myrosa says "lame". Need further proof USA is dumbed down? Unbelievable ! ! !
I heard this piece in Aspen in the street, during the music festival 35 years ago. I sat down on a bench, it brought tears of joy, loves and losses. It still does, 35 years later, more loves and losses and tears. The most emotional piece I have ever enjoyed.
I love this song and people need to stop being hater and this song is pretty and awesome.. Reminds me of the wedding ceremony.. I want to learn this song play it on piano.. God bless you
myrosa05
I think it is so l.a.m.e!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !!!!!!!
wow so lame !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
mochaandbone - I hear the middle school bell ringing. It's time for you to go back to class...
Im 15 lol enjoy the music for what it is not what it brought
agzpink10
People keep talking about weddings in the comments I'm only 10������
bobick4
I love this song!!! I play violin and it such a great song to play!
This will be played at my wedding!!
mochaandbone
MUST READ THIS!!!! I'd jut like to say to all of you people posting these comments saying your gonna die or date your crush are not true. You will not actually die or fall in love. Trust me, I've tried one and it didn't work (obviously) and I read one and never died... I mean people are so stupid out there!!! Someone just started it to freak people out. So can you please just chill out and stop? Repost to get word around please we need to get it around I mean this will save people
Fell in love with this song when I heard it in the movie 'Ordinary People'. It was played at my wedding and I listened to it during the birth of my first child.
huh?
I love this song it helps me cons iterate on homework.
I have loved this since I was in 5th grade many yrs ago, such a beautiful piece of music!
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